Twitter Dumps Data on Tweets, Accounts Linked to Russian, Iran Ops

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That came after Facebook in April this year deleted over a hundred accounts linked to a Russian news farm, known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA).

Twitter on Wednesday released data on foreign influence campaigns on its platform showing some 10 million tweets, mostly from Russian Federation, dating back as far as 2009. In the months that followed his victory, reports emerged that teams of dedicated operatives in Russian Federation and Iran worked to stir up hatred and division on the social media platform to encourage a Trump victory.

The data disclosed onWednesday also shows that the operatives directing the Russian bot accounts used US-based businesses that allow users to relay content onto Twitter, such as IFTTT, RoundTeam and, in addition to Twitter products like TweetDeck, and the Twitter mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

Twitter's data sets contain a.CSV file with information describing the Tweets as well as larger files that contain media, Tweets and images.

Twitter said on Wednesday that it had identified 3,841 accounts affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a Russian "troll farm" that has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller for attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Twitter added that the goal of the release was to make the data available for researchers and academics for investigation.

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"The Iranian operation was clumsy".

"The Russian operation was much more skilled".

Twitter said it doesn't expect such information operations to stop and expects bad actors to continue to adapt to new technologies. The army of fake accounts Tweeted out 1,102 posts with the hashtag #ReasonsToLeaveEU.

From these accounts were sent millions of messages.

Twitter has already shared the archive of information with a small number of specialist researchers to promote "shared understanding" and insisted "that this level of transparency can enhance the health of the public conversation on the internet".

It says the tweets from the two troll operations had the most pick-up within the U.S. but much less influence on public debate elsewhere. It consisted of about a million tweets from 770 accounts that mainly attempted to get Twitter users to go to websites that hosted pro-Iran, anti-Israel or anti-U.S. content.

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